Birgit Nilsson – A League Of Her Own
© Zoe Dominic
An intimate portrait of Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005). The Swedish soprano had an incredible technique and was the world’s leading dramatic soprano between 1955 and 1975. Rare TV and archive footage shows Nilsson at work, and is complemented by interviews. The film reveals a sensitive woman behind the honest, down to earth, quick-witted artist, who had “a voice like fire and ice” (Antonio Pappano). The documentary was shot at the farm in Bastad/Sweden, where Nilsson grew up and spent the summers until the end of her life, the Royal Opera in Stockholm, the Bayreuth Festival and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where Nilsson was the star and box office draw.